By: Valentine Adese and Reuben Egbah,
The Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC) Plc. has signed a “Procedural Agreement” with the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC) and the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), at his head office complex today.
The Unions and the Management would be hoping to sign the comprehensive Conditions of Service before the next one month.
REALITY gathered that the Conditions of Service, which was scheduled to be signed today, was rescheduled to be signed within the next on month, owing to some grey areas in the agreement that needs to be addressed by parties.
Welcoming the Executives of the Unions to the Corporate Headquarters of JEDC, at Rwang Pam Street Jos, the Plateau State capital, the Managing Director/CEO, Alhaji, Mohammed Gidado Modibo, called on the Unions to understand that the Company is a growing outfit and so, it is in its learn processes and period.
He said the company has realized that it needs the Unions more than the Unions need the company now in order to meet up with the company’s objectives of being productive, effective and delivering improved services to consumers.
Alhaji Gidado said, “When we took over the electricity business in 2013, we thought the Unions and their members were not interested in privatization. But, I have realized that the Unions were very right in their quest and fight with the government.
“The conditions on which we purchased these franchises have not been met by government. So we must look more at whatever would revamp the sector. I believe the country would benefit from a more robust and improved electricity supply.
“We have therefore deliberately assessed your contributions and welfare, to develop this Conditions of Service. We have also now known the value of having a Union here, so that, we can revamp the business.
“Today, we shall be signing the Procedural Agreement and then go further, to look at the workers’ gratuity. The Unions and the Management will sit and resolve the grey areas.
“As a company we want to be very practical in resolving any issue raise, as we desire it to be implementable!”
Speaking concerning the ceremony, the Procedural Agreement and the expected signing of the Conditions of Service, the General Secretary of NUEE, who doubles as the President of United Labour Congress (ULC), Comrade Joe Ajaro, told Journalist that, the Union is ready to collaborate with JEDC to enable the company achieve its aims and objectives of providing services profitably.
He called on all its members in the company to be up and doing in this direct, especially, now that the company has decided to secure their jobs with the signing of the agreements.
Adding that, “We knew from the beginning that this country was not ripe for privatization but, when we made our views open they tend to blackmail us. Today, we can all see that the sector needs a very huge capital outlay to succeed.”
On his part and adding his voice in the direction of Comrade Ajaro, the President General of SSAEAC, represented by the Deputy President North, Comrade Nasiru Dembo, also called on his members in the establishment, to be trust worthy, as they perform their duties and carry out their obligations.
He said now that the company has decided to secure their jobs; they must work hard for the company to also succeed with the sector.
Adding that, “We will only come to protect our members that are unjustly oppressed, sacked or in a state of frustration but, not for any form of dishonesty.”
It is of note that, Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC) has become the 5th Company in country, to sign agreement with Labour Unions.
The Head of Human Resource of JEDC, Alhaji Abubakar Mohammed, told journalists that his joy knows no bounds, as the Management makes efforts with the Unions to sign the agreements. He said he believes the exercise would generate enough morals for the workforce.
He however, called on the staff of the establishment, to begin to put in their very best to work.
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